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A mystery with a twist,
This review is from: The Tall Man [DVD] (DVD)
Set in the dreary small American town of Cold Rock, that was once a thriving community, now poverty stricken. We follow the everyday life of resident & nurse Julia Denning's (Biel) interactions with the locals. All the while running in the background is the eerie story of a string of mysterious child disappearances over the years from the Town, with missing posters & news clips of distraught parents. All of which has built up a local legend of The Tall Man. A person or myth who is believed to be responsible for the abduction of well over a dozen children from they're families. As fate would have it, the next child taken is that of Julia's, and as she delves deeper into the legend of the Tall Man to find her son, all is not as it appears.
Overall we really enjoyed the film for it achieving something a little different form the norm, don't expect a run of the mill horror movie as the premise would have you believe. The story starts slowly & draws you into it by introducing & connecting you to the characters & setting, and just as you think you have it all figured out & sense predictability of what's to happen next, in a short space of time it twists the story on it's head with a great piece of misdirection, as many theories race through your mind as to what is going on. And once the realization hit's in, your left questioning the right or wrong morality of the thought provoking subject matter.
The cinematography was well executed, and the range of acting presented by Jessica Biel was excellent, and proved that she is not just a pretty face when it comes to her acting talent. Supporting actress & narrator Jodelle Ferland (Case 39) added a haunting narration, and her role as the confused teenager who gets caught up in the morality of it all, wasn't many steps off the pace from Jessica Biel. The remaining support cast was full of well known faces, Stephen McHattie (Jessie Stone) , Samantha Ferris (Supernatural) & William B. Davis (The X-files, smoking man) all added authority to they're characters & weight to the story.
In conclusion, The Tall Man uses horror elements as a pretense to it's underlying, original, mystery thriller that tug's at the heart strings of morality. Be prepared for something different, don't say you weren't warned. Contains strong language, mature themes & violence. Recommended.